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Topic: Rest (06/14/04)

TITLE: Resting or Resisting?
By Linda C. Smith
06/23/04

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I awoke today, these words dancing in my head.
Now I could forget them, or write them down instead…
But am I resting in the gift of words GOD gave,
Or am I in my slight refusing to behave?

There are many things HE lovingly brings my way.
Allowing me the choice~accept or disobey.
But oh, what peace and joy I am sadly missing
If I cast aside HIS gift~HIS pathway resisting.

I can resist HIS plan~screaming, dragging my heels,
Or I can sweetly yield and know how resting feels~
The peaceful rest with my FATHER in full control.
Serene no matter how the stormy sea may roll.

I can rant and rave at life’s many turns and twists,
But I’ll have no joy as long as my heart resists.
Or I may trust HIS wisdom in knowing what’s best,
To make me more CHRIST-like, triumphant o’er life’s test.

I can shake my fist in the very face of GOD
Demanding to know why I’m on this road I plod,
But oh, what peace and joy I am glumly missing,
If I stubbornly persist~HIS will resisting.

True, I can denounce life with bitterness of soul,
I can grasp and be fighting to maintain control
Or accept the plan lovingly marked out for me~
And know true rest in HIM for all eternity!

Peace and joy, resting in every situation,
Seems to me, comforting~pleasant consolation.
Accepting from HIM whate’er HE, in love, sees fit,
Is much more pleasing to HIM than resisting it!

Knowing this way is best, why do I oft’ forget?
Trials come surely and there’s one coming, I’ll bet!
Oh GOD, may I remember lessons of the past…
May I respond to this test better than the last?

Help me to accept with patience YOUR work in me.
I know I have so much more to learn, YOU see…
YOU know my heart…we both know I’m not perfect yet!
YOUR will is peace and joy! Please let me not forget


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L.M. Lee06/29/04
boy your title hit me right between the eyes. thanks... i think! :-)